The word omniscience comes from the word omni which means “all” and from the word scientia which means “knowledge.” God’s omniscience, therefore, means that God has all knowledge or, stated differently, that God is all-knowing. This means, of course, that God knows everything about your
Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we will be able to comfort and encourage those who are in any kind of trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as Christ’s sufferings are ours in abundance [as they overflow to His followers], so also our comfort [our reassurance, our encouragement, our consolation] is abundant through Christ [it is truly more than enough to endure what we must].
– 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (AMP)
So I was reading one of my devotionals* this morning and the above verse (different translation) was included. It struck me that many folks I speak with either via the internet or in person say they don’t really feel comfortable evangelizing. Okay I get it not everyone is a Billy Graham type :). But everyone has a story to tell of how God has comforted and encouraged them at some time in their life and just about everyone knows or runs into someone who needs that same type of Comfort and Encouragement. Huh, I wonder if God could have been setting us up for a little evangelizing? Do not hesitate remember we can do these things in the power of Christ. – Mike
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
No one likes to be picked on. Some people love to spend time making others unhappy. These people will have to answer to God for their actions. We are called to love one another and to look for ways to give one another encouragement. While the nasty people will answer in shame for their deeds, the kind will rejoice with Christ in heaven.
Prayer: Help me to shrug off the unkind words and actions of the people around me. Lift me above the hurts that come from unthinking and cruel people. Teach me to respond in love, no matter how I am treated. Amen.
Being “cruel or mean” for a believer does not require us to act out against someone. Our inaction’s when we see some else being cruel or mean and do not speak out or when we laugh at the expense at someones mistake or troubles. We are all subject to these temptations that is why Paul reminds us to “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Mike